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How To Care For a Money Tree (Pachira Plant)

By Patricia Hill ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you have a superstitious nature, chances are you may have a Pachira Aquatica, or Money Tree plant, in your home or office. Since the Money Tree is believed to bring good luck, it just makes sense that one would want it to be as healthy and viable as it can possibly be. Even though these plants are steadfast in their own right, taking heed to the general care of a Money Tree plant can help ensure its longevity.

How to Care for a Money Tree

Inspect your Money Tree plant each week for moisture, pests, insects or other problems.

Water the Money Tree sparingly when the soil becomes dry. The temperature and ventilation will aid in determining the frequency of watering. Money Trees only need mildly moist soil, never wet.

Position the Money Tree where it can receive filtered light. Avoid placing in direct full sun.

Fertilize the Money Tree every four to six months with a quality liquid fertilizer. The size of your container and plant will determine how much liquid fertilizer to use, so consult the manufacturer's instructions.

Use scissors or pruners to prune well-established Money Trees sparingly by cutting off stems at the base of the plant if desired. This will encourage new growth.

Remove dried leaves or stems to avoid the risk of disease and to enhance the plant's appearance.


Things You Will Need

  • Money Tree
  • Water
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Scissors or pruners


  • The most common problems associated with Money Tree plants are over-watering and too much sun. Over-watering typically causes the leaves to turn yellow and the plant to turn pale, refusing to thrive. Too much sun can cause burning and yellowing of the leaves.

About the Author


Patricia Hill is a freelance writer who contributes to several websites and organizations, including various private sectors. She also contributes to the online magazine, Orato.com. Empowered by a need to reveal that unhealthy food and diet is a source of health-related issues, Hill is currently working on a cookbook and website for individuals with Crohn's disease.